Sandra Boynton’s books are nearly always a hit with my little ones and Opposites is no exception. She takes a simple (though important) concept of opposites and makes it into a silly demonstration. My 2 year old loves “acting out” the book (raising his hands in the air for “high” and touching the ground for “low,” for example.
Of course, after we read the book, we demonstrated some opposites for the kiddos. First, we demonstrated float and sink by dropping a variety of items into a tub of water. We used things like: a can of food, a pool noodle ring , rubber balls, a rubber duck, other toys, and even coins (obviously, if you do this activity with young children and choose to use small items, like coins, watch them very carefully to ensure that any choking hazards are not put into their mouths). We asked the older siblings to predict if they thought the items would sink or float before they dropped the items in the water.
Next we illustrated hard and soft opposites by passing around a hard wooden block and a soft pretend snowball.
We also demonstrated in and out opposites with a big box that the kids could climb in and out of. Not surprisingly, they needed little invitation for this activity!
After all the opposite play, we took some time to taste some opposites! We chose the following food pairs as opposites:
Hard (pretzels)/soft (banana slices)
Sour (lemon wedges)/sweet (mini marshmallows)
Liquid (apple juice)/Solid (apple juice popsicle)
To make the popsicles, pour juice into ice cube trays. Place in freezer. After about 45 mins or so, (just as the popsicles start to harden) stick a popsicle stick in each popsicles. Return to freezer until frozen solid.
Watching the kids, especially the little ones, react as they tasted the lemons was priceless and, as you might imagine, none of the kiddos had any complaints about the mini-marshmallow treat!
This meeting was a lot of fun and luckily, next month will NOT be the opposite!